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January 28, 2015
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Cardiff North 2015: Who Are the Candidates?

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Elin Walker Jones – Plaid Cymru

Elin Walker Jones

“Elin is originally from Carmarthenshire, and presently lives in Bangor with her spouse and four children. She was educated at the Grammar School for Girls, Carmarthen and Cardiff University, and trained professionally in Cardiff and Bangor. Elin has worked in the NHS in a variety of locations in Wales, including Cardiff, Ceredigion, Gwynedd and Mon, and Conwy and Denbighshire.”

Elin has been out canvassing in Pontprennau and will be speaking to us shortly about why she’s standing for Cardiff North.

Visit Elin’s website.

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Shaun Jenkins – Alter Change

Shaun Jenkins

“I’m the leader of Alter Change & Cardiff North Parliamentary Candidate. I formed Alter Change because I believe in a safer, moral & better society.

I believe in politics that can transform people’s lives for the better and re-shape society in to a moral, ambitious place, and that is what I’m working to achieve.”

Shaun is from Tongwynlais and we recently spoke to him about his reasons for starting his own party and standing for Cardiff North.

Visit Shaun’s website.

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Craig Williams – Conservative Party

Craig Williams

“Craig enjoys living in Cardiff with his young family; wife Clare, son Charlie and Welsh springer spaniel Winston. He is actively involved in the local community, serving as a school governor in both local primary and secondary schools.

If elected as the Member of Parliament for Cardiff North, Craig will continue his commitment to keeping the city’s streets safe by ensuring that crime is kept at the lowest level possible; creating more private sector jobs so that the economy continues to recover and working on behalf of hard-working families who do the right thing.”

Craig recently published his 6-point plan for Cardiff North.

Visit Craig’s website.

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Have Your Say – Ask the Cardiff North Candidates

One of the easiest ways to ask the candidates a question is on Twitter. Use the #atcnc hashtag so we can collate the questions and answers for everyone to see. We’re going to organise a live “Tweet Chat” soon, which is a dedicated time when the candidates will be online and ready to answer questions.



Mari Williams – Labour party

Mari Williams

“I’m from Rhiwbina, went to school in Whitchurch High and until recently was a deputy head in a comprehensive school. Now living back in Rhiwbina I have already proved I can be a strong voice for local people.

Side by side with our Assembly Member, Julie Morgan I have led campaigns on improving local bus services, keeping Whitchurch post office in the village, securing a Green Belt and are fighting hard to Keep Our Libraries Open.”

One of Mari’s campaigns is to freeze energy prices.

Visit Mari’s website.

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Ruth Osner – Green Party

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“I would like Cardiff North to have a stronger voice in Parliament. I want less inequality. Better secondary schools. More practical trades apprenticeships. No tuition fees and a citizens income for all. I want more investment in our nurses, doctors and hospitals and help provision of affordable social care for those who need it. I am in favour of bringing back the railways into public ownership. I think all producers should get a fair price for their product including British apples and milk.”

We’ve been in touch with Ruth and we’re hoping to arrange an interview soon to find out more about her campaign.

Visit Ruth’s website.

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Ethan Wilkinson – UKIP

Ethan Wilkinson

“My name is Ethan Wilkinson and I am the UKIP Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Cardiff North. I am 24 years old, married and a father to one (soon to be two). I am about to finish a 4 year BA (Hons) Italian and Spanish undergraduate degree at Cardiff University.

I was born in Cheltenham, raised in Gloucester and moved to Cardiff in 2011 to begin my university degree and have since settled here with my young family.

I have done voluntary work for my Church in Italy, studied at university in Spain, worked for a charity in Italy and set up my own social enterprise business.”

Ethan’s local priorities are libraries, the green belt and traffic issues.

Visit Ethan’s website.

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Ask the Cardiff North Candidates

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January 25, 2015
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Artist Residency Programme at Castell Coch

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Cadw has announced an artist residency programme at Castell Coch in Tongwynlais, Cardiff. This exciting opportunity is for two artists to spend a period of six weeks at the castle.

The programme is supported by the Arts Council of Wales and aims to, “develop artists’ practice and engage audiences and communities in the creative process.” There is a bursary of £3,000 per residency.

Artists are invited to apply for places by emailing Cadw before Monday 2nd March at 5pm.

This is the 3rd year of the programme and previous artists include:

Paintings of Castell Coch part 5

We’ve published a series of articles featuring paintings of the castle and we can’t wait to see what the artists in residence are inspired to produce.

Full details of how to apply are available on Cadw’s website.

Email CadwPublicProgrammes@wales.gsi.gov.uk to make an appointment, or with any questions you may have about the residency.

January 24, 2015
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‘Stepping Up’ Workshop in Radyr

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As part of the Cardiff Debate, the City of Cardiff Council’s consultation process, there’s a ‘Stepping Up’ workshop in Radyr on the 3rd of February.

The aim of this workshop is to, “raise awareness of the opportunities and benefits of developing independent, sustainable community organisations to deliver local public services and to run community buildings.”



The workshop is on Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 6.30pm – 8.30pm in Radyr Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, CF15 8DF.

Book a place by emailing steppingup@cardiff.gov.uk. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.